Saturday 11 January 2014

Chip carved Serving tray and Coasters

My first carving of 2014 - chip carving done in basswood serving tray and 4 basswood coasters.
The tray is 21'' x 9'', about 1.25'' high and the coasters are 4'' in diameter.
The whole set took about 26 hours of work, which includes the design, carving and finishing.

I applied three coats of food safe salad bowl finish in the end on both the tray and the coasters,
these were applied over the period of few days and carefully polished in between.

The inside part of the tray was the hardest part to carve.
Despite the simple design the bad accessibility for a knife made it long and difficult.

A photo showing the nice satin shine of the salad bowl finish:

So called swirl rosette is a design that I enjoy a lot, so I decided to use it on both ends of the tray:

I used arch borders as the main pattern on the tray and in order to keep similarity in the whole set, 
I created almost the same design for coasters, keeping the size measurements.